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Inclusion and equity are foundations of quality education: UNESCO
In consonance with 'Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education' and the 'Education 2030 Framework for Action' that emphasizes inclusion and equity as laying the foundations for quality education, UNESCO stresses that each individual has an equal opportunity for educational progress. However, it continues to be a challenge worldwide to be met with.

In this context, UNESCO promotes inclusive education systems that remove the barriers limiting the participation and achievement of all learners, respect diverse needs, abilities and characteristics and eliminates all forms of discrimination in the learning environment, states its website.

UNESCO feels as per a report of 2017 that persons with disabilities are more likely to be out of school or to leave school before completing primary or secondary education and bats for 'Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (link is external) stipulate that countries must take steps to ensure that persons with disabilities access an inclusive, quality and free primary and secondary education on an equal basis with others in the communities in which they live.'

While supporting countries in their efforts towards the inclusion of children with diverse learning challenges and children with disabilities in education through the development of guidelines and tools, teacher training and the use of ICTs in education, the UNESCO subscribe for a 'rights-based approach' through 'development and implementation of inclusive education policies, programmes and practices to ensure equal education opportunities for persons with disabilities.'

UNESCO also carries out the advocacy and awareness raising activities to ensure the fulfillment of the right to education for persons with disabilities and promotes effective practices and knowledge sharing through various platforms.

UNESCO and UNICEF carry out activities towards inclusion along with  their key partners and networks, such as the Global Partnership for Children with Disabilities and Leonard Cheshire Disability.

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